Guide To Fall 2014 Hair Trends

Outside the salon, following a brief breezy, unseasonably nice interlude, Richmond's humid, sticky summertime scene is laying it down for us as unpleasantly as it has been all summer (if not with even more brutality). We're not big fans of the wintertime drab, don't get me wrong, but this Summertime Stickiness Part Deux has got us thinking about the cooler times ahead.

Fall is a great time to change up your hair routine, whether that be in a big way or a small way. Less humidity makes for a much more experimentation-friendly hair environment, with less frizz and sweat around to undo your 'do, and less sun, chlorine, and salt water fading your color out.

Here's our definitive guide to fall 2014 hair trends.

1. Smoother, Softer, and Straighter

2014's special brand of "smooth and straight" isn't the flat-ironed, pin straight sticks of yesteryear, it's more like undone and soft, but smoothed, a little sleeked out and straight. That's a style that's easy for the naturally straight haired among us to achieve with minimal product, heat and effort, and even for those with naturally loose waves, sleek is possible. Undone, grungy, and messy is hanging on for at least another season, so there's a little wiggle room for those with textured tresses. And with the advent of lower humidity in the environment, there's little to fear in the realm of frizz. The underlying theme this season is middle part and minimal bang, which is a really easy look.

2. Darker or Cooler

fall trends 2014 dark red hair
fall trends 2014 dark red hair
Dark brown ombre fall 2014 hair trends
Dark brown ombre fall 2014 hair trends
dark cool violet red hair trends fall 2014
dark cool violet red hair trends fall 2014

Adding a lowlight or considering a cooler version of your normal hair color is a good idea for the fall and winter. Darker and cooler colors make sense for reasons other than being a seasonal look concept; drier conditions in the latter part of the year makes stretching the time between shampoos out a real possibility, allowing for less opportunity of color-stripping by cleansers in shampoos. Less washing means less fading, and that's a situation that darks and cools thrive in.

3. Medium Length Haircuts

medium length haircut fall 2014 hair trend
medium length haircut fall 2014 hair trend
medium length haircut fall 2014 hair trend
medium length haircut fall 2014 hair trend
medium length haircut fall 2014 hair trend
medium length haircut fall 2014 hair trend

The (rather unfortunately named) Lob is still trending and cute and fabulous. Most of their fabulousness is due to their versatility-- with a longer bob, it's possible to pull off bob looks AND miniature versions of long looks. The middle part trend looks cool on a long bob, but maybe not a short bob. But when you put it behind your ears, it still has the potential to look kind of cute and boyish. Whenever coats get involved on colder days, the heavy neckline of a jacket can emphasize the line of your lob's perimeter. It's a cool transitional haircut! We're all about 'em for fall.